The nonprofit sector would be at a total loss without all the great people who are able, willing and do give some of their time to help great social causes. According to the Corporation for National Community Service, Americans volunteered 7.9 billion hours in 2011. That is amazing! I don’t even want to imagine where the sector would be without all these incredibly generous people.
This year, National Volunteer Week is from April 21st - April 27th. It is a chance to celebrate all volunteers. It is also a good opportunity to consider with who and how to volunteer your time. Here are some tips:
- Volunteer doing something you enjoy
- Volunteer with an organization and project working towards a goal you feel strongly about
- Quantify and qualify what you can offer – know and share what and how much you can and want to volunteer
- Make a commitment – and stick with it!
In light of recent events, I would like to give special shout-outs to the volunteers that stepped forward in Boston and West Texas.
There is currently still need for volunteers in West Texas. Those interested should contact Samaritan's Purse. Here is a link you can follow for more info: http://spvolunteernetwork.org/projects/west-tx-explosion-response.aspx
Thank you to all volunteers! We appreciate your contributions!